If you want to take a leisurely vacation to a remote location or explore every corner of the world–now is definitely NOT the time.
In fact, experts are begging people to put off ALL non-essential travel – and yes this means flying to your best friend’s wedding or family reunion.
But then there are those people who have to travel for work or emergency reasons.
If you are one of those people, it’s critical you take extra precautions before, during, and after you travel.
Even if you are still one of the skeptical ones who thinks the coronavirus “isn’t a big deal,” please understand this thing is real. It is making thousands of people sick – and killing those with compromised immune systems or those who are elderly.
So if you must travel, check out our recommended tips below that will help keep you safe.
Start With Your Hands
Seems pretty obvious, right?
If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s revealed how many Americans truly DON’T wash their hands.
In fact, studies reveal nearly 70 percent of men don’t wash their hands after using the restroom.
And to make it even worse, think about all the surfaces your hands touch at the airport — railings, escalator sides, doors, and yes, even your luggage.
It’s great if you are a germaphobe and sanitize your seatbelt buckle and tray table on the plane – but if you don’t wash your hands, you’ve gained nothing.
The first thing you should do once you get off the plane is wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Do the same thing as soon as you walk in the door at home.
Don’t Unpack And Put Stuff Away
Your instinct may be to unpack everything and settle back in at home – but don’t do it!
Throw all your clothes straight into the washer and clean them.
And before you put away your toiletries, wipe down the bottles with a disinfectant wipe.
They are still finding out more about the coronavirus each day, but currently experts believe it can live on surfaces.
Resist the urge to unpack (yes, even your clean clothes) and put them away. Wash them right away.
Don’t Neglect Your Suitcase
One of the filthiest items you have is your suitcase.
If you check a bag, think about all the baggage handlers that touch your suitcase.
Not to mention it being tossed into bins and onto carousels with everyone else’s dirty suitcase.
After returning from a trip, many people neglect the suitcase and roll it right back into their closet.
Wipe the wheels of your suitcase down BEFORE you roll it into your home.
In addition, wipe the outside of it down with a disinfectant towel. Then let it dry outside.
Think you’re safe because you don’t check a bag and place it under your seat?
Yeah, your purse and suitcase have been sitting on a germ-infested floor the entire duration of your flight – make sure to clean ‘em before you bring them into your home.
There isn’t a playbook on how to deal with traveling during a worldwide pandemic, and this is the first time most of us have experienced something of this magnitude in our lifetime.
With scientists learning more about the coronavirus every day, new information is being discovered and updated by the hour.
Experts have recommended avoiding non-essential travel, and this is good advice.
There are already reports of baggage workers and airline staff contacting the virus, and the airport is already a hotbed of germs.
But if you absolutely must travel during this time, do so with vigilance.
Take the few extra steps to clean your belongings and go above and beyond what you’d normally do.
With all this craziness, you can never be too careful.
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